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Where is the best place to take baby pictures?

Baby pictures are among the most popular types of portrait photography, and most newborn photographers are well versed in the best places to take baby pictures in their local areas. Some newborn photographers will come to the hospital to shoot the baby within a day or two of birth, while others have set up their studios to accommodate the needs of infants. Some parents prefer to have the newborn photographer come to their home or travel to a favorite park or other outdoor location. Like any portrait photography, the best place to take baby pictures is the place you like best and that will yield the types of photos you want of your baby, whether that’s posed and carefully lit studio portraits or spontaneous, casual photos at home. Work with a local newborn photographer to find a safe, calm location with great lighting and some privacy for your family.

How much do photographers charge for family portraits?

Family portraits are a great way to mark the passage of time, create lifelong keepsakes and have gorgeous-looking photos for your annual holiday card. The national average cost for hiring family photographers ranges from $150 to $200. Pricing can range higher depending on where you live, length of the photo shoot, the number of edited photos you request, and the background and reputation of your family photographer. Before hiring, make sure you understand their fees up front. Ask how many finished images are included in the quoted price and whether you will receive all the photos taken (not just edited photos). Ask whether you’ll be able to download digital photos or if you’ll have to print them or purchase digital copies through the photographer. Here are some average examples of family photographer pricing:

  • $175 for a one-hour studio session in Kansas.
  • $200 for a one-hour studio or outdoor session in Georgia. Includes two outfit changes, access to an online gallery, and about 200 high-resolution, edited digital photo files on a DVD, with permission to print.
  • $400 for a one-hour outdoor session in Southern California. Includes 25-30 fully edited photos accessible online or via CD/DVD.
  • $425 or more for a one-hour outdoor or in-home session in Illinois. Includes more than 50 professionally edited images, online access and print release.

How much does a baby photography cost?

Portrait photography provides parents with lasting images of the first whirlwind months of a newborn’s life. The cost varies based on several factors, including the length and location of the session, the number of photos provided, and the amount of editing and retouching the photographer does. The national average cost for baby photos is $150-$200. Some baby photographers charge by the number of photos provided, typically ranging from an average of $299 for 20 high-resolution edited photos, to an average of $399 for 35 photos, to $499 for all of the images taken in a single session. Props and location affect the cost, too; an elaborate studio shoot with props and professional lighting may increase the cost to $600-$700 for 20-50 photos. Adding a second location or asking the photographer to travel can add $70-$250 to the cost of the session. Photographers may also charge extra fees for providing additional photos and DVDs, scheduling weekend sessions, and shooting siblings. Expect to pay at least a $50 deposit when you book a portrait photography session.

When should you take newborn photos?

Few styles of portrait photography are as tricky as newborn photos — the unpredictable infant is always in charge! The best way to ensure a successful photo shoot is to work with a local newborn photographer within the first two weeks of the baby’s life. Some photographers even work with hospitals to offer newborn sessions within a day of the baby’s birth. But newborn photographers usually recommend scheduling a shoot during the baby’s first two weeks of life, while the baby is still sleepy and relatively cooperative, especially for posed or studio shots. During this time, babies are easier to swaddle in blankets and dress in hats or headbands, and, because they often nap or nurse, can be staged with various props or be cuddled by their parents. For casual photos, most newborn photographers recommend shooting within the first six weeks of a baby’s life. Lifestyle portrait photography is more flexible and doesn’t require the baby to cooperate with multiple poses or props.

Do you tip a photographer for family photos?

Tipping a photographer for family portraits is not standard etiquette. A great way to recognize a family photographer who goes above and beyond is to write them a glowing review. You probably found your photographer by reading online reviews, so paying it forward by letting everyone know how much you appreciate their work is a great gift. Write your review after they have delivered the final edited photos on time and you’ve confirmed that you’re happy with the terrific portraits they took.

What should you wear for a family photo?

A family photographer captures your family in a series of professionally edited portraits. You can be goofy, you can be formal, you can be exactly how you want to be. To that end, you can wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident — feeling good translates to looking good in photos. However, top family photographers do have some style suggestions that will make your family photos more visually cohesive:

  • Ask the photographer for color suggestions if you’re doing an outdoor photo shoot. Location and time of day can affect which shades will fade in the sunlight and what will stand out in a good way.
  • Stay away from a mix of stripes or plaids on multiple people — the effect is too busy.
  • Steer clear of tiny patterns, which blend together too much.
  • Avoid wearing matching outfits.
  • Do wear outfits that are complementary in color.
  • Choose color over black-and-white outfits.
  • Do choose a theme, such as pastels, fall colors or summer colors.
  • Opt for tonally similar colors.  
  • Go easy on makeup for outdoor photo shoots.
Reviews for Saint Paul family photographers
Wendy B.
Kira was great to work with and we had a fun family session with her. I recommend if you are looking for family photos.
Photo Affect PhotographyPhoto Affect Photography
Nikki D.
Charnell did a great job with our family photos. She understood my vision and delivered a wonderful set of family photos and memories we will have forever. She did a wonderful job with my toddler son who has a short attention span. We have some wonderful photos of him. I would definitely use her again!
Charnell Timms PhotographyCharnell Timms Photography
Erin R.
Amazing family photos! We had an outdoor shoot on a cloudy, cold day, but it couldn't have gone more smoothly! The photos turned out beautiful and Jeannette even got them to us the same day. Wonderful experience, beautiful photos :)
Jeannette Appold PhotographyJeannette Appold Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Giliane did engagement photos as well as my son's 1 year photos with a cake smash. She had many ideas for fun poses for my fiance and I and took her time with my son to capture just the right photos. I would recommend her to others and use her in the future for family photos.
Giliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLCGiliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLC
Katherine S.
Our experience with Shannon was seamless! With our chaotic family of dogs and a baby, she managed to capture the perfect moments. I could not be happier with the beautiful photos!
Lens Go WanderLens Go Wander
Judi N.
It was wonderful to work with Stephie for an outside photo session of our family, including four adults, a baby and a dog. Stephie was creative, professional, and patient, and the pictures turned out wonderfully. Highly recommend!
Welcome Love PhotographyWelcome Love Photography
Shuo W.
Mark was excellent. He absolutely knows what he's doing as a portrait/headshot photographer. His studio, setup, and equipment are top notch. For me, the goal of this was to have headsets for the next 5-10 years that I can use in professional environments and on linkedIn. I think having good photos for presentations is one of the subtle details that are important. Mark was able to finalize some excellent photos that I am 100% satisfied with. If I ever to do something else with photography (family photos, etc.), I'd go to Mark first.
Mark Basel PhotographyMark Basel Photography
Brandi R.
I used Shutter Glee Photography for my son’s senior photos and I could not be happier! Pallavi was responsive, patient, flexible, friendly and professional. So many wonderful photos were taken that I’m having a hard time narrowing down the ones I want edited and that is a fantastic problem to have! My family was so happy with our experience that when we got home from the photo shoot I immediately referred a friend to her! I will not hesitate to use her for all of my photography needs in the future!
Shutter Glee PhotographyShutter Glee Photography
Marie W.
John's work was perfect for what we needed- a few good photos of our large family! We got all the shots we needed and John was responsive, informal and relaxed! Thank you!
John Molene Photography Inc.John Molene Photography Inc.
Amy S.
Michelle did an amazing job with our photos, we are so pleased with how they turned out and have gotten many compliments on her photography! She was great to work with, and has a perfect set up at her house for pictures. We look forward to Michelle taking our family pictures for years to come!
Michelle Schimek PhotographyMichelle Schimek Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Our experience with Giliane was fantastic. Her instincts for great background was evident especially taking the changing leaves color and our attire into consideration. She understood when our 3 1/2 month old needed a break. She was very thorough with the expected timeline until our photos will be ready. Even though I haven't had chance to look at the photos, I got a very good feeling they will be fabulous. I will definitely have her as our family portrait photographer again.
Giliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLCGiliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLC
Theresa M.
We loved our experience- with two small kiddos we thought it would be a stressful experience, but it turned out to be low-stress and fun. The pictures turn out amazing! A great experience at a price we could afford! Will be using again in the future for family photos! Recommend 100%.
Shutter Glee PhotographyShutter Glee Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Giliane is fantastic! We have three small children and she was MORE THAN patient and easy going! She was laid back and delightful! Not to mention very talented! We have tons of high quality adorable pictures of our family and our children! She responded to requests and got us our proofs within a more than reasonable time. We really enjoyed working with Giliane and hope she will now be "our family photographer!" I highly recommend her!
Giliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLCGiliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLC
Michelle S.
Sara was wonderful to work with. We thoroughly enjoyed our photography session in our backyard. She was patient and creative with our children to get them to look at the camera. She was creative in her placement to bring out the best in our yard and our family. We look forward to working with her again.
Sara Tucker PhotographySara Tucker Photography
Steve E.
Working with Naomi was “turn key” for the Senior Photo task we had at hand. She’s was quick to respond with my first inquiry and all the way leading up to the session. She took charge of the assignment, worked in a timely manor and was completely professional throughout. I will recommend her highly to friends, family and colleagues.
Naomi Lynn PhotographyNaomi Lynn Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Alanna was fantastic. We wanted to get a fewfamily portraits for my mom for Christmas. Alanna was friendly and made us feel comfortable during the shoot. She was open to our needs and suggestions and produced some great pictures. Her prices are very reasonable and she even provides extra copies of photos my family wanted after the fact without any trouble. Thank you, Alanna
Alanna Olson PhotographyAlanna Olson Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Giliane was completely awesome and super accommodating. Anything and everything we wanted it a photo shoot was done and we had an fun experience. I would totally recommend her to anyone who has a big family and a lot of little kids in it. Even if one wants to play shy and not let her take the pictures! We ended up with the cutest smiles on everyone's faces. Thanks for a wonderful time!
Giliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLCGiliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLC
Shruti R.
We had a family photography session with Jody. We wanted pictures of our daughter who is 10months old with the Fall colors in the background. She was extremely patient and made us feel comfortable. We couldn't get as many fall colors as we wanted due to our timing and location. However, she did a fab job with the pictures based on whatever was available. Thanks Jody and keep up the good work.
Jody Lynn PhotographyJody Lynn Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I really enjoyed our experience with Michelle. I had two young children and she understood that moody children can be hard to photograph bit she did the best she could given the circumstances. She was also very accommodating with allowing my extended family to come and knew exactly what shots to take. I am glad Michelle found me through Thumbtack. I would definitely recommend her!
Michelle Forcier PhotographyMichelle Forcier Photography
Regina R.
I took both of my girls (one high school senior and one college senior) to get their senior pictures taken by Michelle. The pictures turned out great and the girls loved them. Michelle was very accommodating to all of us and was very friendly. She made us feel very welcome as we went to her farm and used the landscape of her property for the photos. If you love nature you will love taking pictures on this farm. There are a lot of places that work very well with head-shots and full body pictures. The only thing I think could have been better was having separate selections for the other senior so that they did not have all the same backgrounds. However, if you just have one person taking pictures or doing family pictures this is perfect.
Michelle Schimek PhotographyMichelle Schimek Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Giliane was great from start to finish. I sought a photographer using Thumbtack and looking at some websites she was an easy choice. Giliane made scheduling a breeze and was very flexible when we had to make changes. My daughter had a senior portrait session with her and we like the results so much that we scheduled a family portrait session. During both session Giliane really listened to what we were looking for in our pictures and did a fabulous job. We had a blast and even had to stop a few times because we were laughing so hard. Some of the more "outside the box" pictures won't make it on a Christmas card to great grandma but we will sure enjoy them.
Giliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLCGiliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLC
Sambasiva b.
Pallavi is extremely professional with her work and punctual. We got our newborn’s photoshoot done by her. We took a look at her gallery initially and were sold completely. Her work quality is top notch and she doesn’t settle for anything lesser than perfection. With newborns one can imagine how extremely challenging it is to take photos, She was so patient and didn’t give up until she got the perfect shots. She is also very responsive from suggesting a prop, bringing some props herself for tour and followed covid guideline of having mask always....she offered to provide us 10 edited pictures while we get all the rough pics taken...we feel like even without edit all pics were already looking good. But once she edited they are like a movie poster and we just loved them. She even accommodated additional edits than promised since there was confusion on selected pictures.We highly recommend her to anyone looking to get their newborn photoshoot done. We would love to get more family photoshoots done by her in future.
Shutter Glee PhotographyShutter Glee Photography
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